DDoS Attacks on the Rise

DDoS MapWhenever I hear some newbie blogger whine about “online bullying”, I just roll my eyes. Kids, it’s all fun and games until some skiddie takes you offline with a DDoS attack. As The New York Times points out, DDoS attacks are on the rise.

…such cyberweapons are now routinely used during political and military conflicts, as in Estonia in 2007 during a political fight with Russia, and in the Georgian-Russian war last summer. Such attacks are also being used in blackmail schemes and political conflicts, as well as for general malicious mischief.

A survey of 70 of the largest Internet operators in North America, South America, Europe and Asia found that malicious attacks were rising sharply and that the individual attacks were growing more powerful and sophisticated, according to the Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. This report is produced annually by Arbor Networks, a company in Lexington, Mass., that provides tools for monitoring the performance of networks.

The report, which will be released Tuesday, shows that the largest attacks have grown steadily in size to over 40 gigabits, from less than half a megabit, over the last seven years. The largest network connections generally available today carry 10 gigabits of data, meaning that they can be overwhelmed by the most powerful attackers.

DDoS attacks comprise three percent of all the world’s Internet traffic. By comparison, all the world’s email comprises only 1.5%.

Your web site is your business, and the arsonists are getting bigger and better flamethrowers. With teenagers and governments engaging in ever-greater acts of cyberwarfare, you’d better make sure your server can survive the gathering storm.

2007 DDoS Attack Map

(Map by ShadowServer Foundation.)

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2 Comments on “DDoS Attacks on the Rise”
  1. Lupich says:

    I’m curious as to where you get your stats on the total bandwidth consumed. I’ve heard that e-mail traffic itself is about 40% of the internets total traffic, torrents being 30% and the rest being misc.

  2. YoreTiller says:

    I’m not sure about email only getting 1.5% of all the internet traffic. I mean, sure, email is fairly small compared to torrents, streaming and various file downloads online, but everyone who goes online has access to it anyway, so that has to count for something more than 1.5%.

    Do the people who initiate Denial of Service attacks get paid or something? Because if not, those guys just have too much time on their hands. And its not good.

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